iOS 10 Allows Users To Delete Built-in Apps

With the new Apple mobile operating system, Apple is beginning to allow users to have more control of the software installed in its iOS device. For the first time in the iPhone history, you’ll be able to delete the built-in apps like Music, Calculator, Maps, if it’s not required by the user. All default iOS apps can be found in the Apple App Store, so can just head there and decide which one’s you don’t want.

Although this particular feature went unmentioned by Tim Cook and software boss Craig Federighiat the WWDC. During the keynote, they entirely skipped mention about this. Not because it’s not true, but because of some strange unknown reason we are yet to find out. There are already users who have downloaded the developer’s beta version and they have confirmed about the change. Although some of them also noted that stock apps like Messages, Photos, and Camera could not be deleted probably because the apps were too deeply tied to system to be uninstalled.


Moreover, Apple has set up a Help Page dedicated to ‘how to remove built-in apps’. The company clearly warns users that deleting default apps can create a bit of problem for users, because a lot of data gets removed along the way. For instance, if you remove Music then you’ll lose access to CarPlay. Here’s a list of built-in apps that you can remove from Home Screen:

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Compass
  • Contacts1
  • FaceTime
  • Find My Friends
  • Home
  • iBooks
  • iCloud Drive
  • iTunes Store
  • Mail
  • Maps
  • Music2
  • News3
  • Notes
  • Podcasts
  • Reminders
  • Stocks
  • Tips
  • Videos
  • Voice Memos
  • Watch app4
  • Weather

 The feature to be able to remove default apps was hinted by Tim Cook in an interview he gave last September. He said, that Apple was looking to give users more flexibility in cutting down on the amount of software that comes with iOS. “This is a more complex issue than it first appears,” he said. “There are some apps that are linked to something else on the iPhone. If they were to be removed they might cause issues elsewhere on the phone. There are other apps that aren’t like that. So over time, I think with the ones that aren’t like that, we’ll figure out a way.”

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